Student Work

  • History of Design and Curatorial Studies (MA)

    Gretchen Von Koenig

    Undergraduate Industrial and Product Design Pedagogy and the History Curriculum: How We Teach History to Practitioners in Training

    This research provides an overview of the way history has been incorporated in industrial and product design education; it is intended to develop future best practices for teaching history to design students. Undergraduate designers often see studying history as a chore, but understanding history can produce more critically informed design professionals. My thesis provides historical context and assesses the methods, content, and structures that define the history curriculum to show how we can better teach the subject to students. This thesis is aimed at giving historical context to design education curricula, examining debates over design history content, and reviewing contemporary practices in curriculum design and classroom pedagogies to assess best practices and successfully integrate critical studies into designers' education. See more on issuu.